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Heading out of town again
Good morning folks & GREETINGS from the road!
Yuppers I am on the road once again. Seems like this is becoming quite regular in my schedule these days. This trip was planned with Dominic is mind and then the little stinker backed out and left me to manage the trip without him (insert sad face here).
Actually at the height of the plans there were four of us going on this trip. Then it was down to three, then two, then just me. Then back up to two, then three, then back down to two, then three, then two and this is how it remained. It's me and my travel buddy Dave (Y) going on this one! Whew. That was certainly a mess and way too much drama over one little road trip. I got so frustrated at one point that I told the guys (my friends) "look, I'm done talking about this, who ever shows up goes!"
INTEREST vs NO INTEREST
Talking about backing out of things, I've got another one to share with you...
The kids, Dave (B) and I were talking over lunch on Sunday. Talking about upcoming trips and such. I got to talking about things from the most upcoming trip - NYC/London/Sicily to our trip to Europe next year and the Mediterranean cruise and even about our October 2020 trip back to Disney World and on a Western Caribbean cruise.
Well you know my kids...
They have been traveling as my side kicks since they were wee little babies and well they have certainly burnt out a number of times. At that they take breaks and eventually pick and choose from which set of trips they have interest in.
This time around I had already been informed that Cosette had zero interest in our May 2020 European getaway and cruise...which totally shocked me! So although she is interested in going on a Mediterranean cruise, she just thinks that I pack on way too much into a trip and doesn't want to be gone that long - especially since she has interest in a number of other 2020 trip.
So she is simply not going.
Dominic on the other-hand was in fact coming...
Until he realized that there were 2 cruises on the calendar for 2020 and he felt that was just two too many!
So I get a text on Monday explaining that he no longer in interested in the May 2020 European getaway. UGH.
What is a mother to do with these kids. LOL
I guess I will recruit a friend to come along. Dave (B) will be busy cycling the Atlas Mountains - of which I have absolutely NO interest. LOL
Well that's my scoop/rant for the day.
I'll catch you back here tomorrow from where ever I might end up.
5 National Parks in Northern California
Allow me to begin with a slight rant regarding my canine daughter!
This little mutt has been known to occasionally counter surf and steal food that is otherwise someone else's. Well, this morning, was one of these "occasions."
I had just finished spreading peanut butter on one piece of bread for Gianna's sandwich. Not wanting to open a new jar because I was short on time, I literally scraped the last bits of peanut butter to cover the slice.
As I finished, I went into the fridge to grab the jam, and as I turned around, guess who was running off with the peanut butter slice? I was so angry! Normally, I would reprimand her and move on, but, considering I had just used the last of the peanut butter, I was fit to be tied.
Poor Gianna - instead of peanut butter and jelly (her fave), I wound up having to make her a chocolate spread sandwich. I'm sure she will not mind, but honestly, it's not as healthy and probably, not what she will be expecting when she opens up her lunch. Grrrrrrr.
Moving right along...
I'm not sure if you caught Tanya's blog from yesterday. She posted later than emailing time for The Daily Scoop. Here's a link, to keep you in the loop of her whereabouts.
I'm going to head out for a nice long walk in a few. But, first, with Tanya visiting Northern California this week, I thought I would chat a bit about a few of the beautiful National Parks in this region.
Spring is here, Summer is coming and Fall will follow thereafter. These are the best times to visit these national treasures. If you are considering a few days to be in the beauty of nature, take a gander at a few of the National Parks in Northern California.
1. Yosemite National Park
Located within California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, Yosemite National Park was created in 1890, and is one of the oldest nature preserves in the United States. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 and is most famous for its ancient giant sequoias, waterfalls, deep valleys and grand meadows. Check out15 Fun Facts About Yosemite.
2. Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
Kings Canyon National Park is located in the southern Sierra Nevada, east of Fresno, California. Established in March of 1940, the park contains several deep glaciated canyons, countless lakes, pools, meadows and waterfalls, and over 20 peaks that exceed 13,000 feet and shelters six groves of giant sequoia trees.
Kings Canyon is north of and contiguous with Sequoia National Park; and together, the two are administered by the National Park Service jointly as the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. They were designated the UNESCO Sequoia-Kings Canyon Biosphere Reserve in 1976. Check out 16 Fun Facts about Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Park.
3. Lassen Volcanic National Park
One of the hidden gem of Northern California’s national parks, not many are even aware of its existence.
The centerpiece of the park is Lassen Peak, a volcano that last erupted from 1914-1917. The area is still seismically active, creating bubbling mud pots and sulfur vents making it feel like a mini Yellowstone.
4. Pinnacles National Park
Another lesser known national park, Pinnacles National Park. has only been a national park since 2013. It is located right on top of the San Andreas fault, which has resulted in the creation of some unique and interesting rock formations and caves to explore.
Not far from Monterey, a visit is convenient when visiting Northern California or the Central Coast.
5. Redwood National Park
Officially designated as Redwood National and State Park, it is both a national and a state park. Located close to a 6-hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area., it is a bit off the beaten path. In fact, the closest airports are the very tiny ones in Crescent City, CA or Arcata/Eureka. However, the redwood trees in this area of the state are some of the most impressive. The park stretches for about 60 miles north to south with some of the most peaceful hiking trails.
Such gorgeous national wonders!!
Ok - I'm outta here to commune with nature for my daily walk!!